ELECTRONIC PROBLEM BASED LEARNING (EPBL) AS A MEDIUM TO FACILITATE KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER LEARNING AMONG STUDENTS AT UNIVERSITI TUN HUSSEIN ONN MALAYSIA
Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (MALAYSIA)
About this paper:
Appears in: ICERI2015 Proceedings
Publication year: 2015
Conference name: 8th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
Dates: 18-20 November, 2015
Location: Seville, Spain
Abstract:Public Universities or Institutions of higher learning are the ultimate formal venues for students to obtain higher level knowledge, skills and values required of them as future leaders. Unfortunately, students are not sensitive and alert enough as regards issues faced by society and as a result unable to lend a helping hand towards bringing change to their livelihood both academically and socio-economically. Students are also unable to relate their learning in real world situation. This research focuses on how electronic Problem-Based Learning (ePBL) can facilitate learning of knowledge transfer among students. This survey research adopted both descriptive and quantitative method design. Respondents comprise undergraduates undertaking a Community Knowledge Transfer project for Effective Communication (UWB 10202) course in English. A set of questionnaire was administered to 86 samples chosen using purposive sampling method. The findings show that students who were lowly rated for knowledge transfer learning (KT) before the course improved significantly at the end of the 14-week course. The study also discovered that students usage of ePBL as a medium for KT was at a much higher level than the start of the course. Last but not least, students also showed significant improvements in terms of soft skills like communication in English, problem-solving, leadership, teamwork and analytical thinking skills. In conclusion, ePBL has greatly contributed towards facilitating knowledge transfer learning skills among the students and can serve as a useful and effective approach towards producing a more holistic graduates.
Keywords: ePBL, problem-based learning, e-learning, knowledge transfer, soft skills, community, English.